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post #1081 of 1092 Old 03-05-2020, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Lucy and Cashman

Although it was still cold as the woman saddled the pair of horses, the forecast promised an unusually beautiful day. She was excited for the day, because it was the first day of her spring work. Along with the happiness she held a bit of nerves for it was also the first day of spring work for the big colt.

She knew the temperature would be to her advantage, but she did not know how he would begin his day. Often colts were difficult in the spring until they carried a few years experience. Even with experience the hotter tempered horses would prance around displaying their spring fever and excitement at being back to work.

After the drive, three horses were unloaded by their riders for the day. Everyone was cheerful with the sun shining down, and the horses were easily excited as they walked down into the heifer corral. Lucy jumped and pranced like the dressage queen she imagined herself, and the brown horse carried himself as a graceful ballerina. The big colt plodded along with the beautiful pair as the choice in a child’s book; which of these does not fit?

The heifers ran and bucked, beating the riders back and causing Cashman to grab himself and run momentarily. He held his head higher, tight and worried about the young cattle. He settled once they pushed the herd through a gate and made their way through corrals to where they would sort. Lucy and the brown horse held onto their heat. They danced and tried to work the cattle, and they each occasionally acted as though they might take a few jumps.

Cashman however fell asleep. The woman clucked and cued the big colt, asking him to turn back the playful cattle. He barely made the turns needed and refused over exertion in the warmed morning. The woman giggled in frustration while the cowboys grumbled at her incompetence. The sunshine and the baby calves however kept the happiness in the air.

After moving around the cattle and running a few through the chute, the riders sorted the heifers from their calves and prepared to brand. The woman expected to be ground crew for the branding, and she had asked the man to ride Cashman for her to rope again. Surprise caught her when her father told her to get her horse. He wanted to work the ground himself and for the couple to rope. She argued for a moment for roping was the treat and the ground was hard work, but she climbed onto the big colt with nerves running throughout.

She had never branded on him, and the man had struggled with him the few times he had the last spring. She’d done a lot of roping practice since then, and she hoped for improvement, but that did not stop the adrenaline from tingling. It proved itself unnecessary as they began roping. Cash was a different horse than he had been.

He roped like an old champ, while Lucy occasionally reared up and showed her own nerves. He made the woman laugh whenever they walked to the corner where the cows called to their calves. He whinnied to them incessantly. He acted as though they called to him, and without a hint of loneliness he talked and talked to the cattle.

The woman was grateful. It had been the perfect day back, and both her husband and her father seemed just as pleased with the day as she.
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post #1082 of 1092 Old 03-08-2020, 03:30 AM
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Wow, look at Cash!
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post #1083 of 1092 Old 03-08-2020, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you @gottatrot ! Today we are going to have company for roping the dummy. Everyone loves the dummy we took from Dad’s. I am hoping he behaves himself in the group of horses. I am actually more worried about how Bones will behave, as he tends to be over dramatic about new horses...
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Each horse was brushed and saddled. They were beginning to shed, and hair dropped down around them. The day carried a chill, but it was still warm in comparison to a normal March day. With Zeus left tied to the trailer, the family warmed up and loped circles.

When the trailer with company arrived the horses were ready to go. They moved the dummy and watched the new horses for problems. When none showed the little girl offered Beamer to another girl for roping practice, and she went and climbed on Zeus. Zeus was interested in the new horses, and the girl worried and asked to trade. A few more adjustments of who was riding who, and roping fun began.

The horses and their riders seemed to excel at the games excepting Bones. Bones flew sideways when his girl tried to rope. He spooked of the dummy and he spooked of the ropes. She was determined to ride the little sorrel however, embarrassed at the display in front of the company. Bones saw a couple different riders during his day, but in the end he and his girl settled into the games.

Zeus was the fill in. The little colt who had been ridden none in the recent days was the horse used when Cash and Lucy needed a break from pulling the dummy. He was the horse all of the kids rode, and even a couple adults made a few loops off of his back. When they played round robin he needed to be the added head horse, and everything he did he did well. The man said he was being heavy, but despite that he was a solid addition to the day.

A roan horse decided to think about bucking towards the end, so Cash and his woman took off with the pair. Cash was angry at the job. He hadn’t done anything wrong and he felt punished by the extra outside work, and he displayed his attitude by mimicking the roan. He considered bucking, and eventually he even took a jump in annoyance. He settled soon enough after, and the two horses continued along loping around the pivot.

The day was a happy one. It wasn’t often they simply played with others. It was good for the horses and good for the kids. The little girl’s roping improved dramatically over the course of the day with outside influence. Everyone was contented and tired when they pulled away.
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Mamma Pepper finally deserves her name!
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..and you're going to have fresh milk soon...
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Awww, welcome to the world baby! Now you can sleep peacefully at night.
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Yes I will @SueC ! I am so excited! We will see if she will be nice to me this morning...

@egrogan I was impatiently waiting. Now I can sleep better!

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All of the horses had been getting ridden off and on. The birds chirped a song of springtime, and soon each horse would be back to work. The family rode in the arena or roped the dummy. Zeus took his first outside ride of the year, and he enjoyed the change of scenery.

The woman and Pepper were struggling with their new roles. Pepper was hormonal and sore, and she held no qualms at showing her temper. She kicked and pawed, shook her head and tried to hit. She bellered and snorted and made herself clear, while the woman pressed on determinedly.

Pepper did adore her little Crow. He was gregarious and bouncy, and she neurotically followed him around calling to him. She wished Crow would settle himself and stay in the barn like she preferred, but he chased the cats and explored everything he could find.
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That's so funny about the exploring calf chasing the cats etc! We had a little filly once that started going under fences the second day after her birth, to go walkabout exploring her surroundings while her mother called from her pen. She'd go up to other horses in other paddocks etc.

That's such a great photo with Cash's tongue hanging out and the dog with his mouth open!

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